Socializing trait is what makes humans different from other animals, we want to be around with others in almost everything we do, we seek to love and attention, care, and even acceptance. Even in our last days, we wanted someone on our side and crave for that special treatment. We all know that death is inevitable but for some individuals dying is scare, and dying alone without anyone is much scarier. That is where the death doula comes to help, death doulas are people who will help an individual to face that inevitable truth that all people die.
What Are Death Doulas?
Doula came from a Greek word for “Female Slave” but has been redefined as a woman who helps with childbirth but not a medical birth companion. Death doula has extended its definition further though time, and now serves as a neutral gender term for an individual that helps people to accept their death with comfort. A death doula is also called as the death midwives.
What Do Death Doulas Do?
Death doula carries on a large responsibility on their part as they’re the ones that take care of our loved ones during the last days of their life. Anybody can become a death doula. In fact, death doula has various forms and shapes. A death doula may be a hired professional, a volunteer, a part of the family, a family friend, but usually, a death doula is an outsider and does not have any relationship with the patient. Death doulas are known for their assistance in helping and guiding our loved ones with their medical needs and even their emotional needs. Death doulas serve their patients as a companion and a friend of the patient, even becoming one of the patient’s advocates. They’re the ones helping the patient to decision making, navigating medical needs, and even they’re final options that are available for the patient’s final moments. Aside from they’re emotional support service death doula are also educators that bring compassion and empathy into the situation. A death doula is even thought about how to handle death talks and grieving, offering support to the patient and to the patient’s family. But you have to remember that death doulas are not health care professionals or trained social workers. Death doulas offer their services to give support to these patients or individuals that are having difficulty in their life.
How To Find A Death Doula
There are a lot of agencies that offer death doulas services, some of them have their official websites that are open 24-7 and are willing to assist you anytime. All you have to do is to be sure and to research each agency or organization to assure that you get the best quality death doula services. There are no standard death doula training and each organization or agency has different ways of training their death doula, that is why it is important for you to research first to experience the best death doula services.